Monday, May 28, 2012

Weekend Project..

So while browsing pinterest, I came across an idea.. that I loved! After pricing it out at home depot, it wasn't such a great idea anymore.. way too much $$.

But I did see another idea, that I thought was cute. SO I enlisted Big Daddy's help, and we set to work!

The only investment I made in the project was for plants, mulch and the balusters, about $20.00 in total.

I had the teacups aka, bird feeders and the bowl aka bird bath, the milk can I just respray painted it white.

Big Daddy drilled holes in the cups and sauces and screwed them into the balusters, and then we did a light caulk around the center to keep anything from going through.

We then just glued the bowl to top of milk can. added some mulch and flowers and now we waited for some birds to come visit it! :)

Psalm 104:12
The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.

From My Home to Yours~~

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Unemployment Update 5/23/2012

Psalm 29:11
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Oh, how the Lord has blessed me with peace these past few weeks. I almost feel as if I am not myself. The *me* I know, would be panicking with the fear of how we are going to make it. The *me* I know would be doubting God, double minding my husband, and living in fear of what is to come.

But since before my dh was laid off, our Pastor in church has been doing a series on Faith, based on Hebrews 11.  So many men of faith discussed in Hebrews 11. So many different situations to faith. I hope I am expressing myself clearly.

Anyway, it is almost like it was preparatory for what was about to come, and sermons to carry us through this trial.

We have grown so much during the past several months. We felt the Lord leading us several months ago, to stay at home more, train our children more, and just be present more for our children.

It's amazing what has happened in our lives since then. Now don't get me wrong, we took a lot of flack for it. Well meaning friends told us we were isolating ourselves, avoiding that personal connection with people.  That's not what is was at all. We just decided to completely obey God in what he was telling us, and he was telling us clearly to come home for a bit.

But in our obedience to God we lost some friends. They couldn't grasp what we were doing. They were sure we were walking away from the Lord. We weren't. We were being drawn closer to him. He was drawing us nearer to him with such magnetism, we couldn't ignore it anymore. I guess we couldn't adequately express it to some people. Because the chose not to believe what we were saying, they chose to close us off. Gosh that was hard. But in obedience we let it go.

The Lord was working deeply in my husbands heart. He was molding him, preparing him for what was to come, and even blessing him.. by making his quiver larger.  Amazing work is being done here in our home, our home that is built on the foundation of the Lord.

Psalm 127

A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court. 

Dh has done some outside jobs, unfortunately is a net 30 or 45 days before we get paid.
We haven't heard about our appeal yet to unemployment.
We are down to our last $100.00 in cash.
Our needs are:
gas $
mortgage for May
that insurence would come through quickly.
Our blessings:
We have food, Wayne's cousin blessed us with a big ol box of food.
We are healthy.
They approved the WIC.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Healthy Snacks...

As the warmer weather approaches and the kids are outdoors more and so I am.. Our appetite naturally increases.

Here's some healthy snacks your might find around our home if your pop over for a visit.

Ice Cold Water

Homemade unsweetened ice tea

are a must for this house! We always have both on hand!!! :)

Celery is always available too, we like to stuff it with peanut butter, or with cream cheese and then top it with some walnuts!! So good.

Carrots are always on hand as well. Not the baby carrots, those are bad for you!!! And more expensive then just buying  a regular bag of carrots, that you peel and eat. We have several hand peelers on deck. Even my 3 yo can peel a carrot. :)

Apples!!! Our favorites are granny smiths, pink ladies, golden delicious and gala!! Now you can slice apple and dip in peanut butter or cashew butter.. We will eat the Granny's with cheddar or smoked Gouda cheese.  Apples and cheese go great together!

Grapes, we like seedless either red or green.. When it's super hot.. freeze the grapes.. My kids love to take them out of freezer and eat them frozen!

Bananas!!! So yummy.. You can freeze the bananas and then blend them with a little milk and it closely resembles ice cream!

We will often have whatever is in season at the time.. We do broccoli and cauliflower , cucumber slices, red/green pepper slices.

I usually have a platter of raw veggies ready to be eaten. with homemade ranch dressing.

Cucumber and beets mixed together with a little sour cream makes a great snack!! :)

deviled eggs are common around here too!!

hardboiled eggs, my kids love to just grab and egg and go!

There are lots of choices to have healthy snacks available to yourself and your children.

A mama need to take care of herself and her little chickens too!! :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Our Saturday..

Woke up to the birds singing. The sun shining, and a cool breeze blowing through my bedroom window. :)

Decided we would go to a flea market at Allaire State Park! So glad we did. We met my mom there and we had a great time. Also caught up with my friend Genevieve!!! SO glad to see her as well! You can check out her finds here :

Hubby and I found some great deals!

First off I love cast iron!!! I love to cook in it, love the way it looks, just love it all around! And since I am primarily cooking with it, my anemia is no longer. :)

How precious are these?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

Little Bears

 Fruits and Veggies!!!

Muffin/Cake pans!! I just love them. Now I am very picky about where my cast iron comes from it absolutely must be made in the USA!

And these were from a place in Pennsylvania!! Yeah, so exciting!!!

They are in really good shape, just going to clean them up and oil them really good !!!

Can't wait to give it a try!!!

And then I came across this:

Do you know what this is???

SO, I have been searching and wanting one of these for YEARS!!!! YEARS I TELL YOU!!!!!!

And because I am picky about where my cookware comes from.. It has taken a while to find this beauty and a reasonable price!!!

Anyway, it's a homemade french fry maker. Popular in the depression era. This one happens to have been made in Italy!!! Love it!!! AAANNNNDDDD..... for $3.00.. can't beat it!!!

Can't wait to make our first batch of homemade fries with it!!!!

We then picked up some more plants for the garden. Came home and planted my little suburban homestead garden. Everything is in now! Unless we decide to get some more stuff.

But we have red and green romaine, Italian peppers, green bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, sangria watermelons, lots of tomatoes and fresh basil went in today as well!

Sneak Peak Photos more to come tomorrow. :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Journey Through Unemployment 5/18/2012

Well we sent off the appeal to unemployment. Hopefully this will go through and we will be allowed to collect. If they do allow the appeal, we should get back pay for all this time he has been out of work.

What an amazing time this has been. You really do find out who your friends are when your in a tough  financial situation. 

Many offer help, I guess it's to be kind. But when you call on it. They don't return your calls.

And then others that you wouldn't expect to get help from are truly offering you anything they can do.

What a blessing that is! How wonderful to see God moving in peoples hearts.

Dh has been offered small jobs by friends of ours, things they could do themselves I'm sure but they are taking the time to offer it to dh, so they can give him a little bit of money. How grateful we are for that.

We even had a couple bring us a box of blessings. FOOD!! yeah!!!! How grateful our hearts were last night when we went to bed. God is moving.

We are blessed! We are thankful!

Our concerns right now:
utility bills
gas money for jobs that we have through our movie business.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nature Walk

This morning the kids and I woke up early and feeling energetic!

So we decided to go for a walk to the "flower" lady.

She is about a two mile hike from the campground. I was a little concerned about my youngest one making the trip, it's 4 miles total.

But she did it like a champ!

We traveled on very country roads. So cars go pretty fast, yet at times you meet up with kids on horseback or horse and buggy's going past.

It's a cool day here in Pa, the sun is shining.. the walk was great. We passed several  fields.

One was filled with sheep, Emma did her best sheep impression and the came running to the fence, "talking" back to her! It was so cute!

We walked past a Mennonite house, and the children were banging on the windows to say "hi" to us.

Down a curvy road, following the creek.. we saw several large horses, I'm not sure what kind of horses' they were but they were huge!

Fields of yellow wildflowers.

Up a steep Hill to arrive at the "flower" lady. Where I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers, two bunches of fresh mint, and a large bag of fresh lettuce, all for $7.00

Then back! It took us two hours to do the four miles. I'm gonna break that down to 30 min mile and call it all good.. considering I'm 14 weeks pregnant and my youngest is only 3. :)

We came back, put our flowers on the kitchen table. I made a wonderful delicious salad, with some left over grilled chicken from last night and we had a great lunch. We then all rested for a bit.

Now, I want to make a batch of the mint tea, thinking about making chicken soup for supper tonight it's cold here today. Also plan on making some banana cake, with cream cheese frosting.

From My Home to Yours!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A blog hijacking


This is what happens when you give your cousins your password to your blog. We change EVERYTHING!!

We hope you like it, we worked hard and thought of what you would like for your new blog design, the WHOLE time!!

Jess and Tue

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

First ever Mud Sale...

So this past weekend we were out at our home away from home.

We went to our first ever Mud Sale!

If you haven't been to one, what a blast.

EVERYTHING you can possible imagine is for sale!!!! From tea cups to motorcycles!

There were several auctioneers going at one time! And some stuff was dirt cheap while other stuff went a little high, just depended on what you wanted I suppose.

One thing about being out here in the middle of Amish country is they don't waste ANYTHING! and EVERYTHING is for sale!

Stuff I will find back home dumped for garbage, they sell. And people buy it too! It's kind of funny!
And the way they use things is so neat!

So there was two things, I wanted.. a wood stove was one, and a huge cast iron kettle was the other. Unfortunately both sales were going at the same time. Missed the wood stove.. it sold for $5.00. And was over bid on the pot. That sold for $125.00... Great price , I know but with dh unemployed... not going to spend that much on something.

God has been great to us. Dh had unemployment hearing yesterday.. we know out for the outcome. But in the meantime. God has given him a couple of jobs, that have been meeting all our needs.

We are truly blessed!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Into the will of Jesus,
Deeper and deeper I go,
Praying for grace to flollow,
Seeking His way to know;
Bowing in full surrender
Low at His blessed feet,
Bidding Him take, break me and make,
Till I am molded, complete.

Oswald J Smith
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